Obviously, BMW took its own approach when building what the lead designer called “the BMW of cruisers.” “We didn’t want to build a me-too product,” explained another spokesman. No danger of that. From its Telelever front suspension to its anti-lock rear brake, the 1200C is unique among cruisers. BMW saw six defining requirements for a cruiser: V powerplant, low saddle height, feet-forward ergonomics, a high-rise handlebar, a minimum of bodywork obscuring the structure and mechanics of the machine, and ease of customizing. Obviously, the R1200C didn’t hit all these targets—unless you consider the boxer engine a 180-degree V-twin. And while its 29.1-inch saddle height is low by BMW standards, it’s on the high end of the range for cruisers. Much the same is true of the riding position. Though the handlebar is fairly high, the cylinders make it impossible to put the footpegs as far forward as most cruisers.